Continental Europe got off to a quick start on the opening day of the 2013 Seve Trophy, and the team was able to keep its lead after Day 2.
The European Tour posted the pairings on its official Instagram account.
It was the same partners for each squad, but there was a different order.
Trailing 3.5-1.5 after Day 1, Great Britain and Ireland picked up three of the first four points on the second day.
Continental Europe has lost six straight tournaments since winning the inaugural Seve Trophy in 2000.
Once Day 2 got underway at Saint-Nom-la-Breteche, it was all about who was on top of their game. The first day was in the past, giving Great Britain and Ireland the opportunity to get back in the mix.
Below is a breakdown of Friday's 2013 Seve Trophy matches, courtesy of EuropeanTour.com.
|EUR||Mikko Ilonen/Thorbjorn Olesen||3&2||Paul Casey/Simon Khan||GBI|
|EUR||Francesco Molinari/Matteo Manassero||1 Hole||David Lynn/Scott Jamieson||GBI|
|EUR||Thomas Bjorn/Miguel Angel Jimenez||4&2||Jamie Donaldson/Marc Warren||GBI|
|EUR||Joost Luiten/Gregory Bourdy||1 Hole||Tommy Fleetwood/Chris Wood||GBI|
|EUR||Nicolas Colsaerts/Gonzalo Fdez-Castano||6&5||Paul Lawrie/Stephen Gallacher||GBI|
It was a big day for Great Britain and Ireland. The team bounced back nicely on this day and tied the score up at 4.5 with one match remaining.
For the second straight day, Thomas Bjorn and Miguel Angel Jimenez (EUR) lost their match.
Although Continental Europe saw one pair continue to struggle, Great Britain and Ireland saw some players get back on track. Paul Casey and Simon Khan, David Lynn and Scott Jamieson and Jamie Donaldson and Marc Warren bounced back after losing their matches on the first day.
Jamieson capped off a match that his team never looked like it was going to win, but his clutch performance was enough to pick up the point.
All eyes were on Joost Luiten and Gregory Bourdy (EUR) as they took on Tommy Fleetwood and Chris Wood (GBI). The winner of the match gave their team the overall lead. The European Tour tweeted out the final result:
On the final hole, Wood and Fleetwood were unable to keep their team going. They couldn't win the 18th hole to split the match, so Continental Europe took a 5.5-4.5 lead into Day 3.
Match Score: Continental Europe 5 1/2, GB&I 4 1/2 at the end of day 2 and Europe take one point lead into Saturday's foursomes #sevetrophy— The European Tour (@European_Tour) October 4, 2013
The standings got much tighter on Friday. Although Fleetwood and Wood couldn't rally to keep their team tied, Great Britain and Ireland put the pressure on its opponent. If Continental Europe loses for a seventh straight time, this will be seen as the turning point in the tournament.
Great Britain and Ireland won the day, but it was Continental Europe that led in the overall standings after Day 2.
*All information is courtesy of the official website of the European Tour